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James (Jim) Allen Williams, 80, of North Palm Beach, FL, and Marlborough, CT, passed away peacefully on January 28, 2024, after a long battle with Parkinson's. He fought his fight, as he did with everything, with grace, humor, and dignity. He is survived by his loving wife, Vanessa Williams; his daughter, Alaine Williams; son-in-law, Mark Holmes; brother, Peter Williams; sister-in-law, Jean Williams; and nephews, Chris and Scott Williams. He was predeceased by his parents, Allen and Jane Williams.
Jim served honorably in the Air Force and attended Terryville High School, Terryville, CT, and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL. Jim was passionate about flying and had a 50-year career as a corporate pilot for United Technologies. His exemplary career was topped off with special recognition from the FAA. Jim was awarded "The Wright Brothers MASTER PILOT Award" for Fifty Years of Dedicated Service in Aviation Safety. He was also an avid boater, fisherman, hunter, and overall enthusiast about life. Jim was such a kind and caring soul and was loved by many. Jim loved being a jokester and infusing humor into everything he could. He believed life was for living fully every day.
Jim wanted to enjoy saying his goodbyes while he was living, so he had a Legacy Memorial of Life in 2022, where he was joined by friends and family to recall beautiful memories. Please see a short clip below celebrating his life and contributions, which can also be accessed with the following link: https://youtu.be/djntqjYMyDE.
The family will have a private interment at the Connecticut State Veterans Cemetery in Middletown, CT. We are grateful for the outpouring of love and support and extend our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who has reached out to offer condolences and assistance. To continue Jim's legacy, the family would encourage donations to the New England Air Museum, 36 Perimeter Rd., Windsor Locks, CT 06096, in his name to promote aviation and support future aviators. Please label and direct donations to the Jim Williams Fund.
Forever Remembered & Forever Loved
FEBRUARY UPDATE: PLEASE USE THE FOLLOWING LINK TO SEE A HARTFORD COURANT FEATURE ON JIM'S AVIATION LEGACY PUBLISHED FEBURARY 24, 2024: https://publuu.com/flip-book/415972/940069
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Hartford Courant Article Profiling Jim and His Beloved Fly-In Community